Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have to Keep Our Heeds, Says Boss Aspin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Have to Keep Our Heeds, Says Boss Aspin

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Byline: Steve Brown Sports Writer steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

GATESHEAD must "be patient" during the January transfer window, says Neil Aspin. The Tynesiders boss has reiterated his warning that the current squad are "playing for their own futures and careers" at the International Stadium.

CJ Hamilton, George Honeyman and Martin Smith see their loan spells end at the weekend, when Gus Mafuta's short-term contract also expires.

The Heed have been linked with a loan move for Burnley's Alex Whitmore, and Aspin admits he is keen to sign a "couple of defenders".

But anticipating a "frustrating" January, the 50-year-old says the club may be forced to play the waiting game in their bid to land suitable targets.

"What happens is, you speak to people about players and they'll be doing exactly the same thing," said Aspin.

"It's whether they can get players in, if they'll let players go out. That's the way it works.

"So you don't get everyone you want. In the first week in January, you speak to lots of people but lots of things have to drop.

"It might be somebody who's my first choice. If you don't get him, you move on to someone else.

"But if you're asking me how many players will be here in the summer, I'd have a better idea of what I want to do. But it's not all going to happen in January.

"It's frustrating at the moment, very frustrating.

"You want to change things round but you've got to be patient and the other side, logistically, is that you've got a lot of players up here, based in the North East, and there aren't a million clubs where people can go to, so they're going to be reluctant to leave.

"I realise that, and that's why you try to get the balance right.

"The players have got to try and perform, they have to do the job. Regardless of who the manager is, they're playing for their own futures and careers.

"I know what needs to be done but it'll take time."

The Heed welcome 17th-placed Barrow to the south bank of the Tyne today, 12th in the National League themselves and, after Monday's home victory over Guiseley, just six points below the play-off positions and with two games in hand on fifthplaced Dover Athletic. …

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